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James Parton, Horace Greeley, T. W. Higginson, J. S. C. Abbott, E. M. Hoppin, William Winter, Theodore Tilton, Fanny Fern, Grace Greenwood, Mrs. E. C. Stanton, Women of the age; being natives of the lives and deeds of the most prominent women of the present gentlemen 60 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 22 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 8 0 Browse Search
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tainly there was little in the new life she led there to comfort or cheer her, and her depression was rendered still greater by being a constant sufferer from an obscure ailment. She was very small, and never could have been pretty, but was very well read, intelligent, and gentle, and was a person of strong will and clear perceptions; her husband's society was the one thing necessary to her, and he was too overworked to give her much of his time. She was so like the picture of Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning that one who knew her was deceived into believing that it was her likeness. She had a keen sense of the ridiculous, but was too ceremonious to indulge it often. She lived much within herself. With her sorrow pressed close to her stricken heart she bore her position with patience and gentle dignity. Of Mr. Pierce I cannot speak as reliably as another who loved him less. All sympathies seemed united in him. No one was so poor that, in any honorable personality, Mr. Pierce
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, Suffrage for woman (1861) (search)
ucation, wealth, aristocracy, conservatism,--the men that are in, ever yielded except to fear. I think the history of the race shows that the upper classes never granted a privilege to the lower out of love. As Jeremy Bentham says, the upper classes never yielded a privilege without being bullied out of it. When man rises in revolution, with the sword in his right hand, trembling wealth and conservatism say, What do you want? Take it; but grant me my life. The Duke of Tuscany, Elizabeth Barrett Browning has told us, swore to a dozen constitutions when the Tuscans stood armed in the streets of Florence, and he forgot them when the Austrians came in and took the rifles out of the Tuscan's hands. You must force the upper classes to do justice by physical or some other power. The age of physical power is gone, and we want to put ballots into the hands of women. We do not wait for women to ask for them. When 1 argue the Temperance Question, I do not go down to the drunkard and ask,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 49 (search)
olution, that the latest things are apt to be recognized as the most precious throughout all nature. Up to the time of George Sand or George Eliot it had not seemed possible that a woman could be a great novelist, or up to the time of Elizabeth Barrett Browning that she could be a great poet, or up to the time of Rosa Bonheur a great painter, or up to the days of Mrs. Siddons and Rachel a great actor, or until Mrs. Somerville's day a great scientific writer. Even to the present time, for someowest, and where she shares least in the current educational advantages of all kinds. Among the eminent women above enumerated as pioneers in other intellectual spheres not one was German; we do not know that George Sand, or George Eliot, or Mrs. Browning, or Rosa Bonheur, or Rachel, or Mrs. Somerville, would ever have raised her head above the surrounding obstacles had she had the ill-luck to be born near the Rhine. Even in France there is no Salique Law in intellect; compare, for instance,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 51 (search)
garded as first-class intellectual work. Until within a century but one single instance of this success was recorded — that of Sappho, in lyric poetry. Within the last century other instances have followed-Rachel in dramatic art, Rosa Bonheur in animal painting, George Sand and George Eliot in prose fiction. These cases are unquestionable. Other women have at least reached a secondary place in other spheres — as Mrs. Somerville in science, Harriet Martineau in political economy, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in poetry. The inference would seem natural that it is simply a case of slower development — a thing not at all discouraging in a world where evolution reigns, and the last comer generally wins. Meanwhile, as there is no profession — not even the stage — in which a woman is not still a little handicapped, it is natural that she should disguise her work as man's work; and that Miss Murfree should find complete shelter under the very misleading name of Charles Egbert
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
Mother, 20. Birds at midsummer, 304. Birthday, secret of the, 176. Bismarck, Prince, 309. Black sergeant, prayer of, 79. Black, William, quoted, 168. Blake, William, 180. Blanc, Louis, 129. Blood, Lydia, 102. Bonaparte, Napoleon, 247. Bonheur, Rosa, 250, 252, 261, 263. Bossuet, J. B., 87. Bourbons, decline of, 107. breaking and bending, 121. Bremer, Fredrika, quoted, 14. Brinton, Dr. D. G., quoted, 286. Broute, Charlotte, 260. Brooks, Mrs., Sidney, 76. Browning, E. B., 250, 252, 263. Browning, Robert, quoted, 273, 302. Also 308. brutality of Punch and Judy, the, 254. Burns, Robert, 19. but strong of will, 54. Butler, Fanny Kenble, 154. Byron, Lord, 19, 160. C. Canadian judge, ruling of, 92. Carlyle, Thomas, quoted, 300. Also 149. Carnegie, Andrew, quoted, 168, 169. Carr, Lucien, 179. Cato, M. P., 97. chances, 65. Channing, W. E., quoted, 127. Chateaubriand, F. R., 76. Chaucer, Geoffrey, 278. Chevy Chace, quot
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, III: the boy student (search)
ng but a good scholar—tolerable looking, awkward. There were other members of the class of 1841 who attained distinction in later life. Among them were the Boston physicians, Dr. Edward Clarke and Dr. Francis Minot. Two of the men took high rank as officers in the Union army; and the list of those who made their mark includes Henry F. Durant, the founder of Wellesley College. An intimate friend who entered college two years after Wentworth was Levi Thaxter, later the ardent student of Browning and FitzGerald. He did much to guide wisely young Higginson's literary tendencies. The lifelong friendship between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Edward Everett Hale also began while they were undergraduates. In some of the former's unpublished notes is this comparison:— There was a curious parallel in some respects between the life of Edward Everett Hale and my own. He is nearly two years older than myself, graduated at Harvard College two years before me (1839); each of us havi
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, V: the call to preach (search)
e a sentence without experiencing their benefit and look back with inexpressible satisfaction to one morning last spring when I shut Ecclesiastical History in despair (which I have often re-opened with pleasure) and rushed into the woods to read Browning's Paracelsus! . . . The Browning gospel is flourishing —my Bells and Pomegranates are half with Mr. L. [H. W. Longfellow] and half with——the former is very ardent and has agreed to try and get Ticknor & Co. to republish them, which I before atteBrowning gospel is flourishing —my Bells and Pomegranates are half with Mr. L. [H. W. Longfellow] and half with——the former is very ardent and has agreed to try and get Ticknor & Co. to republish them, which I before attempted. Again:— I have been writing more in these two months (or six weeks) than in the previous five years—I had begun to doubt whether I should ever feel the im- pulse to write prose—now I have been manufacturing sermons and essays (to be read before the class) with the greatest readiness—all being crammed with as much thought as I can put into them. . . . I have a dozen subjects or so marked out—on all of which I have thoughts—but how will it be when these are used u
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIII: Oldport Days (search)
under great disadvantages) and that the characters are like real men and women to me, though not one of them was, strictly speaking, imitated from life, as a whole. Yet two of the characters in Malbone were suggested by real persons. Many of Aunt Jane's witty sayings had originated with Mrs. Higginson, and Philip Malbone was drawn from memories of Hurlbut, the author's early friend. On September 25, he had ended the story and sent it to Fields, and quoted in his diary a passage from Browning's Paracelsus:— Are there not . . . Two points in the adventure of a diver, One—when, a beggar, he prepares to plunge, One—when, a prince, he rises with his pearl? Festus, I plunge! In November he had finished working over the manuscript and says:— There is, with all my fussy revising and altering, always a point where a work seems to take itself into its own hands . . . and I can no more control it than an apple-tree its fallen apples. The advent of Malbone was announced to
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XIV: return to Cambridge (search)
o children with large gray eyes; I remember distinctly my utter astonishment and dismay at finding myself so emphatically in for it without any personal consciousness or accountability; what steps I took on the matter I don't know, but I have certainly got rid of the incumbrances this morning much to my relief. And when he was eighty-five he wrote: I find that my dreams grow more interesting all the time because they have more material in them from the hoarded memories of the past, as Browning says. In the summer of 1886, he wrote the story, The Monarch of Dreams. It was his first effort in the story-telling line for many years, and he exclaimed:— It is a great and almost unexpected delight to me to find that I can really write an imaginative story. This tale did not prove acceptable to magazine editors and was finally published as a booklet at the author's own expense. The Monarch of Dreams was, however, translated into French and was always a favorite of the author's. Hi
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
ll long-faced man, with an American look. Afterwards went to meet Browning at the Athenaeum Club—one of the desires of my former visit, unfullly described in Cheerful Yesterdays, Colonel Higginson said that Browning was very cordial, yet I felt it more the general temperamentg so late ; and then looking at her said, I must present you to Miss Browning. It was Browning's sister, companion, and amanuensis who stillBrowning's sister, companion, and amanuensis who still survives him at 88!! Then came in a younger man, short, round-faced and round-headed, looking like a capable business man and he was the present Mr. Browning, the son of two poets. This was he whom I used to hear of in youth as Penini (from Apennines, a nickname given by his mother). . . . We of course talked poetry and Browning more or less, and we spoke of my favorite complaint of his alterations in his published works Both she and the son spoke strongly of the practical character of Browning and said he was always ready to help every one, while Tennyson li
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